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Photo # NH 44465:  Transport Sol Navis, probably in the Delaware River in July 1919

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USS Sol Navis (ID # 4031-A), 1919-1919.
Possibly became U.S. Army Transport Sol Navis in 1919.
Later operated as S.S. Harry Luckenbach (American Freighter, 1919-1943)

Sol Navis, a 10,000-ton (dead weight) freighter, was built at Chester, Pennsylvania, for the Luckenbach Steamship Company. Converted to a troop transport while still under construction, upon completion in July 1919 she was delivered to the Navy and apparently placed in commission as USS Sol Navis (ID # 4031-A). During her brief service she made at least one round-trip voyage to bring World War I veterans home from Europe. In September 1919 it was reported that the ship was to be turned over to the U.S. Army, and this may have happened after the Navy transferred her to the U.S. Shipping Board in October 1919. Sol Navis was later returned to the Luckenbach firm and had extensive commercial service as S.S. Harry Luckenbach. On 17 March 1943, while part of Convoy HX-229, she was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by the German submarine U-91. Though several lifeboats reportedly left the rapidly sinking ship, no one from the Harry Luckenbach was rescued.

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S.S. Sol Navis
and South Bend (American freighters, 1919)

Fitting out on 26 February 1919 in the wet dock at the Sun Shipyard, Chester, Pa. Sol Navis is in the foreground and South Bend is the ship behind her with her anchor in place. The two ships behind them are probably Edellyn and Marica.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-UB.

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S.S. South Bend
and Sol Navis (American freighters, 1919)

Fitting out on 26 February 1919 in the wet dock at the Sun Shipyard, Chester, Pa. South Bend is on the left nearly complete and Sol Navis is on the right.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-UB.

Photo #: NH 44465

Transport Sol Navis
(American Steamship, 1919)

Probably in the Delaware River when delivered to the Navy in July 1919. This freighter was built for the Luckenbach Steamship Company by the Sun Shipbuilding Company of Chester, Pennsylvania. Requisitioned by the U.S. Shipping Board in 1917, while still on the building ways, she was assigned the Navy registry ID # 4031-A and converted to a troop transport. The ship was operated commercially as S.S. Harry Luckenbach from 1920 until torpedoed in 1943.
Photographed by LaTour, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 83KB; 740 x 525 pixels

Photo #: NH 105175

YMCA Postal Card for Returning Troops, 1919

Reverse side of a card used by returning troops to report their arrival home from Europe. This example was sent on 27 September 1919, reporting the arrival of Joe Whalen in USS Sol Navis (ID # 4031-A).
The front side of this card is identical to that seen in Photo # NH 103458.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 78KB; 740 x 490 pixels


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